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Wapello County Supervisors Vote Unanimously to Increase Minimum Wages

By Jefferson Tyler, Multimedia Journalist

OTTUMWA, IA (KYOU) – An increased minimum wage is coming to Wapello County.

“All in favor of approval say aye. Aye. All opposed say nay. The ordinance is adopted,” supervisor Greg Kenning.

On Tuesday, Wapello County supervisors voted unanimously to increase the minimum wage by $0.95, over the next 3 years. Business owners and workers gave contradicting accounts of how they thought a raise in the minimum wage would effect businesses and the economy in the area. But in the end, it was up to the supervisor’s votes to determine whether the minimum wage would go up to $8.20 next year, $9.15 in 2018, and $10.10 in 2019.

“I think overall we are going to see an increase in the economy because of this. We’ll have more people with more people to spend. And more people out of poverty and how can that be a bad thing,” said Supervisor Steve Siegel.

“ As a business owner we should be able to pay what a person is worth. What they feel like a person is worth and increase that wage as a person how they do their job.” business owner Becky Warren.
The minimum wage increase in Wapello County will start January 1st of next year. After the 3 year period, it will increase and decrease in accordance with the rate of the consumer price index. Officials say that won’t always go up every year.

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